Gerard Batten hit out against the Parliamentary debate as he suggested it was a waste of time as MPs have been guaranteed a vote at the end of the negotiations with the EU.
The Article 50 debate started in the House of Commons on Tuesday, following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the High Court’s ruling that Theresa May could not start the process of taking the UK out of Brussels without the support of Parliament.
MPs are expected to vote on Wednesday after heated clashes between gloating Brexiteers and bitter Remainers, who were warned any attempt to thwart the will of the British people would be “political suicide”.
Gerard Batten accused Theresa May of being uncommitted to Brexit
The anti-EU politician said: “The whole Article 50 [debate] is unnecessary because what the Government intends to do is negotiate for two years with people who don’t want to negotiate with us in order to arrive at a deal that can be voted down by the European Council, the European Parliament, and there is also probably going to be a vote in our own Parliament where they can vote it down.
“If the Prime Minister was really sincere about implementing this decision she should put a bill before Parliament now, it should have happened months ago, in which we repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, that would legally make us no longer members of under our own law.
“It wouldn’t cause chaos because every part of EU legislation has actually been transposed into UK law by Acts of Parliament.”
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
If the PM was really sincere she should put a bill before Parliament now
Bashing the Leave side, Tory backbenchers, including former ministers Anna Soubry and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve, made it clear they hope to force the government to hold a “meaningful vote” at the end of the process.
The clear plot to sabotage Brexit was also supported by the Labour Party’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, as they said they could support an amendment in the later stages of the bill allowing MPs to reverse Brexit if MPs do not like the final EU deal.
Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg also weighed into the debate as he pleaded for MPs to vote against Article 50 to “protect” the future of young people.
Nick Clegg pleaded for MPs to vote against triggering Article 50
During the speech, the former Liberal Democrat leader also argued the “people who matter the most” were being ignored as the Government prepares to take the UK out of the bloc.
In opposition, Tory veteran Sir Bill Cash said MPs “would be committing political suicide” if they tried to stop Brexit as he claimed they “do not get the scale of what this revolution involves”.
While former cabinet minister Owen Paterson added it would be “shattering, catastrophic damage to the integrity of the political establishment if this (Brexit) is not delivered”.
Challenging MPs on whether or not they “trust the people”, Brexit Secretary David Davis urged Parliament to respect the result of last year’s referendum.
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Mr Davis said: “It is not a Bill about whether or not the UK should leave the EU, or indeed how it should do so.
“It is simply about Parliament empowering the Government to implement a decision already made, a point of no return already passed.
“We asked the people of the UK if they wanted to leave the EU; they decided they did.
"So at the core of this Bill lies a very simple question: do we trust the people or not?"